Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival is only 17 days away and I am so ready to dance, sing and get weird with all the beautiful attendees. Okeechobee is one of my favorite music festivals in the country. This is the third year that 30,000 + people will make their way to Sunshine Grove in the middle of Florida. This 4 day camping festival will host some of the biggest names in rock, hip-hop and EDM. Going through the line-up can be a bit overwhelming, but don’t worry I’m here to help. If you are going to Okeechobee Music and Arts Fest, do not, under any circumstance miss these 5 artists.
The Flaming Lips
Nothing in the world really compares to a Flaming Lips live show. Wayne Coyne and friends create an entire universe for you to enter and disappear into. If Gene Wilder’s Willy Wonka went on tour with Pink Floyd, it would be something like the Flaming Lips live. They currently only have 9 US tour dates set up, do not miss these guys.
Tipper is currently set up for only two shows this year. This legendary DJ is teaming up with some insane visual artists (Datagrama) to create an experience like no other. It’s Tipper, don’t question me.
These four dudes from Philadelphia (well right outside Philly) bring everything you need in a rock and roll show. They play their hearts out everytime I have seen them, Rob Grote, Connor Jacobus, Braden Lawrence and Pat Cassidy are everything that rock should be. Hands down one of my favorite artists out right now.
Arcade Fire has been one of the top bands in the United States since they released their breakthrough album “Funeral” in 2004. Since then they have been nominated and won several Grammys. I have never seen them live, but I have heard nothing but good things. I love this band and their entire discography (Reflektor was just OK). I can not wait to scream “Wake Up” with everyone.
The Pow Wow
Holy Mary mother of God I am excited for this. Snoop Dogg with The Roots and Chaka Khan?! Are you kidding me Okeechobee? You’ve outdone yourself with this. I really don’t know what else to say, but thank you.
If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet you can do so here. You have until 2/19 to have your tickets shipped out, but be careful. It sold out last year and people were losing their minds trying to get tickets. Hope to see you there!
SPRING AWAKENING MUSIC FESTIVAL – just announced a massive Phase One lineup for its seventh annual installment, taking placeFriday, June 8th through Sunday, June 10th. In 2018, the largest all-electronic music festival in the Midwest will return to the beautiful Addams/Medill Park in Chicago.
Spring Awakening’s two main stages – Solstice and Equinox – will once again showcase the event’s biggest names and productions. Headliners on the Solstice Stage are sure to please fans with performances by AFROJACK, BORGORE, CARNAGE, DASH BERLIN, DIMITRI VEGAS & LIKE MIKE, HARDWELL, KASKADE, STEVE AOKI, and TIËSTO.
Meanwhile, on the Equinox Stage, ALISON WONDERLAND, BIG GIGANTIC,DEADMAU5, FLUX PAVILION, NGHTMRE, TCHAMI, SLUSHII, VIRTUAL SELF (Porter Robinson’s new alias that blends house, happy hardcore, garage and techno), and ZEDS DEAD round out the bill by featuring a variety of genres within the realm of dance music. Additional artists providing high-intensity energy on the Equinox Stage include BAAUER, BLACK TIGER SEX MACHINE, JOYRYDE, MATOMA, MINNESOTA, while 3LAU, GETTER, SAM FELDT, SEVEN LIONS, SLANDER, and TRITONAL takeover the Solstice Stage.
To accompany the first phase of artists from around the world, Spring Awakening also reveals the identity of this year’s six Branded Stage showcases. React’s coveted event series will return with another round of specially curated stages for fans to explore. Whether you’re searching for soaring thrills and infectious rhythms of the TRANCE ARENA, the BASS KITCHEN’s perfect combination of grit and grime, or minimal beats by REQUIEM, the newest techno series, there’s a stage for everyone to call home.
Additionally, SAMF will host stage takeovers from three diverse brands within the dance music community. Attendees will experience uniquely tailored lineups from SUNDAYSCHOOL, featuring both big-name and underground champions currently dominating the scene, Oliver Helden’s HELDEEP Records imprint, and the acclaimed music publications MAG with its own all-star lineup of DJs from the highest realms of EDM stardom.
Phase Two will be released next week!
Ticketing Link: www.springawakeningfestival.com
Phase One Announce Images: http://bit.ly/SAMF18_Phase1Announce
Phase One Spotify Playlist: http://spoti.fi/2nzBnMq
2017 Aftermovie: https://youtu.be/eiK_Q98dNYY
High Res Photos: http://bit.ly/SAMF18_HighRes
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Last month, Titus Andronicus released the revelatory “Number One (In New York),” the opening track from the forthcoming album A Productive Cough (available March 2), as the door was kicked open to an intriguing new era for one hell of a unique and unpredictable act in contemporary rock music. Today “Above the Bodega (Local Business).”
Patrick Stickles and company boldly sashay into previously uncharted territories, digging deeper and grooving harder than ever before. Driven by a propulsive engine of shakers and congas, zesty horns and funky clavinet lift “Above the Bodega (Local Business)” into a soulful sphere worthy of the Stones in Memphis, further illuminating the sprawling aesthetic universe of A Productive Cough.
“All the songs on [A Productive Cough] deal with the realities of life, as I understand them, in my adopted hometown of New York City,” explains Stickles, “and one quality that does much to define New York City life is the access to 24-hour consumption. The first floor of the apartment building in which I live is occupied by a deli-grocery, to which I give my patronage several times a day. As a result, I have developed a particular understanding with the staff there which I have not so far heard articulated in song. Thusly, I took it upon myself to write the ‘ultimate’ song explicating the bodega clerk-patron relationship.”
Pressed to elaborate further, Stickles darts his eyes left to right and back again, then down to the floor, exhaling, and expands, “More and more, we are defined by the things which we consume, and those who facilitate that consumption may glimpse a more truthful view of ourselves than the carefully curated image we share with our loved ones. No one knows the depths of my vice better than they who oversee the transactions which make it possible—in this way, the deli clerk knows me better than my own mother.”
When visiting A-Productive-Cough.com, check out +@’s first ever “acoustic” tour, in which Patrick Stickles will perform in a duo configuration with pianist Alex Molini, commencing March 7 in Kingston, NY, with direct support on all dates by Rick Maguire from Pile.
A Productive Cough is available for pre-order on blue-gray Peak Vinyl which includes a jukebox-inspired 7-inch of “(I’m) Like a Rolling Stone,” a track that does not appear on the physical LP except as part of the download, its nearly 9-minute length split across both sides of the single. Explore all pre-order options including an exclusive $10 t-shirt add-on in the Merge store (where all purchases come with a free temporary “Crass[-inspired] Tattoo” while supplies last), at your favorite participating independent record store, or via these digital music providers.
Titus Andronicus on tour:
Mar 07 Kingston, NY – BSP Kingston
Mar 08 Boston, MA – The Sinclair
Mar 09 Providence, RI – AS220
Mar 10 Burlington, VT – Arts Riot
Mar 11 Montreal, QC – Bar Le Ritz
Mar 13 Toronto, ON – Great Hall
Mar 14 Detroit, MI – El Club
Mar 15 Chicago, IL – Subterranean
Mar 16 Madison, WI – The Frequency
Mar 17 St. Paul, MN – Turf Club
Mar 18 Omaha, NE – Slowdown
Mar 19 Denver, CO – Globe Hall
Mar 20 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
Mar 22 Boise, ID – Treefort Festival
Mar 23 Seattle, WA – Crocodile
Mar 24 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
Mar 27 Sonoma, CA – Gundlach Bundschu Winery
Mar 28 San Francisco, CA – The Chapel
Mar 29 Santa Cruz, CA – Crepe Place
Mar 31 Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Theater
Apr 02 San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
Apr 03 Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
Apr 06 Ft. Worth, TX – Ridglea Room
Apr 07 Austin, TX – Barracuda
Apr 08 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
Apr 10 Birmingham, AL – Saturn
Apr 11 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
Apr 12 Durham, NC – The Pinhook
Apr 13 Washington, DC – Rock and Roll Hotel
Apr 14 Philadelphia, PA – UArts Black Box
Apr 15 Brooklyn, NY – Murmrr Theatre
Destroyers of the Soft Life is full of melodic songwriting with sharp observations about American culture and has received praise from Rolling Stone, Billboard, American Songwriter, Uproxx, CLASH and more. During the recording, Walston became a father for the first time, inspiring lyrics that take an unflinching look at family dynamics and parental motivations.
The album is co-produced by Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, Built To Spill, Father John Misty.) Destroyers of the Soft Life brings a brighter, more nuanced sound that teased out the band’s latent pop sensibilities without skimping on energy or attitude.
The ‘Destroyers of the Soft Live’ tour starts on Friday in Boston with stops in Philly, Chicago, Cleveland, NYC, Tempe, Pittsburgh and more with a mid-run jaunt to Punta Cana for My Morning Jacket’s One Big Holiday and ending at Bottlerock in Napa. A full list of tour dates can be found below with more to come for the summer.
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“A massive record, one that would transform their raucous, Southern barroom boogie into anthemic arena rock, brimming with vocal hooks and sporting crystalline production to match.”
“The Baltimore quartet has added a dose of anthemic drive to their soaring song structures and sing-along melodies”
Jan 26 – Boston, MA – Royale *
Jan 27 – Philadelphia, PA – Xfinity Live!
Jan 29 – Toronto, Canada – Velvet Underground *
Jan 31 – Lansing, MI – The Loft *
Feb 02 – Chicago, IL – Metro
Feb 03 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop *
Feb 05 – Harrisburg, PA – Appalachian Brewing *
Feb 07 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel *
Feb 08 – Washington DC – 9:30 Club *
Feb 23 – Charlottesville, VA – The Jefferson **
Mar 02 – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic – My Morning Jacket’s One Big Holiday
Mar16 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre
Mar 20 – Corpus Christi, TX – House of Rock
Mar 25 – Tempe, AZ – Innings Festival
Mar 28 – Fayetteville, AR – Georg’s Majestic Lounge
Mar 30 – Fort Wayne, IN – Brass Rail
Mar 31 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
May 27 – Napa, CA – Bottlerock Festival
* w/ Post Animal
** w/ Futurebirds
Giving Back to Their Home State
- Hulaween is officially sold out, to celebrate they just raised the bar on how awesome a music festival can be. No they didn’t just add a bunch of artists to the lineup, they are having a fundraiser and donating all the proceeds to those who were affected by the hurricanes that hit Florida and Puerto Rico.
- This year, they are running a webcast of 3 x String Cheese Incident sets on the Saturday of the festival as a Pay Per View stream – with every dollar being donated to hurricane relief funds. Hulaween has the capacity to raise a lot of money for victims in their home state of Florida as well as Puerto Rico.
- The Silver Wrapper crew (producers of Hula) were going to produce a sold out Pretty Lights festival called Island of Light in PR this December, but because of the destruction canceled it and turned their efforts towards raising money and awareness for victims.
- Hulaween is also running a food drive for a local FL charity and a pre-party with all proceeds going to the same cause – so they are really giving a big push for good in line with their 5th and first sold out edition.
Less than a week before the fifth year anniversary of Suwannee Hulaween marks its first officially sold out edition, the team behind this iconic event has turned their attention and community towards those in need with the launch of a string of charitable causes and activation.
Hulaween, Silver Wrapper, Purple Hat, and The String Cheese Incident have aligned their resources to produce a charity-driven Pay Per View stream of SCI live from the festival. By donating to support hurricane victims in Puerto Rico and Florida, String Cheese fans can enjoy three sets of the scene-leading act from the sold out show streamed live to their couch on Saturday October 28th. The sets will include the band’s much anticipated night closing foray into the festival’s ‘Night of the Loving Dead’ theme with musical selections inspired by the feeling and principles of love.
Every dollar donated through the The String Cheese Incident live stream will be thoughtfully split between those in Hulaween’s host state of Florida who were affected by Hurricane Irma plus a fund started by Silver Wrapper for Puerto Rico following the necessary post-hurricane cancellation of their nearly sold-out Island of Light destination festival in partnership with Pretty Lights.
The charitable energy will continue into Hulaween itself as the festival will team up with The Suwannee Music Foundation and Conscious Alliance to host their inaugural food drive in support of Love Inc Food Bank in Live Oak FL. The first 600 patrons to donate non-perishable, health oriented food items will receive a commemorative Suwannee Hulaween poster, created by talented artist Nic Bogdal.
To build additional financial support for rightfully of the moment causes and an equally important awareness amongst festival attendees, Hulaween will be hosting Pre-Party Hurricane Relief Fundraiser on Wednesday October 25th at SOSMP Music Hall of which all proceeds will directly benefit Love Inc of Live Oak, FL. The event will feature a run of live-acts fit to kick off the festival for those looking to arrive early and make a difference.
For five years this movement shaping event has offered its loyal followers a doorway into a visionary paradise, a channel into a reality defined by boundless surprises and exploration. Now, alongside their partners, Hulaween calls upon their community to use the values and ethos fostered at the event to make a positive impact on the world around them.
For More Information and to Pre-Order Pay Per View Webcast of SCI Live from Hulaween Visit: www.suwanneehulaween.com/community-outreach
To Donate to the Hurricane Irma Relief Fund Visit: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/hurricane-irma-relief-fund/
To Donate to Island of Light for Puerto Rico Visit:https://www.gofundme.com/island-of-light-united-for-pr
To Stream Direct from Nugs.TV Visit: http://2nu.gs/SCIHula
A music festival usually isn’t the first thing to come to mind when someone is talking about being sober or in recovery; rightfully so. Drugs are pretty damn common at most music festivals; molly, ecstasy, mushrooms, acid and weed are the most prevalent. Beers are being cracked and wine bags are being slapped as often as high fives. Does anyone go to a music festival like Hulaween sober? If so how do they do it?
This will be my first year at Hulaween and I am choosing to go to this festival totally clean and sober. No beer, no weed, no nothing. I’m no stranger to music festivals, I’ve been to dozens, this will be my first time going without any mood or mind altering substances. I have a lot of friends who are recovering addicts and alcoholics who I have gone to multiple festivals with, so I want to experience this festival the way they do.
The Sober People At Music Festivals
I’m hoping to have the opportunity and the privilege to sit down with those who do Hulaween sober. Some of these people are recovering drug addicts and alcoholics who choose to live everyday sober, others made the decision that I have and just stay clean for Hulaween.
Having attended Bonnaroo 4 times, each time with sober members in my group I am very familiar with the sober support they have set up there.
The guys and gals over at Soberoo help hundreds of recovering addicts/alcoholics stay clean during their stay at Bonnaroo. Soberoo officially started in 2009, but have been there helping people stay clean since 2002. They host 4 meetings a day for all patrons, these meetings are free to attend and are 100% anonymous. Average attendance per meeting is around 50-75 people.
These meetings are a safe place for the attendees to speak freely about their experiences and ask for advice. Some people will talk about their current day or past days at ‘Roo, while others will share their stories. These groups have an amazing energy and the amount of support among the meetings is astounding. They also host 2 meetings a day for the artists and the crew, these are not open to general admission.
Soberoo isn’t just limited to Bonnaroo, they go to over a dozen major festivals throughout the US, helping thousands of people a year stay sober at music festivals. Festivals like Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Panorama, Electric Daisy Carnival, Lightning in a Bottle and Governors Ball. Their name changes depending on the festival, but it’s usually just the festival name with “sober” added to it. I’m assuming Hulaween’s will be something like Soberween or similar.
If you are in recovery and on the fence about going to Hulaween because you have a fear of losing your sobriety just know there is support there. Feel free to email me directly and we can meet up. I’d be happy to introduce you to some amazing people to make the best of your experience. You can and will have an amazing time at Hulaween in sobriety.
Hulaween is less than 30 days away from celebrating its fifth year as one of the most beloved musical festivals in the United States. Hulaween will be returning to the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL from October 27th-29th with an extremely diverse and stacked line up. There are far more than 5 bands that you need to see this year at Hulaween, this is my list of must see sets for Hulaween 2017.
Run The Jewels
I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Run the Jewels live 3 times. My first time was at Bonnaroo in 2015. It was hands down one of the most energetic, passionate and out of control hip hop shows I’ve ever seen. Killer Mike and El-P are a force, they have chemistry that is unparalleled in live music. They create an atmosphere and energy force that the crowd feeds off. Their lyrics, the crowd, the energy and the relentless and heavy beats are all near flawless. This all comes together to create one of the best live shows anywhere in the world. Being part of it at Hulaween is a must see/experience event.
Go see RTJ if:
- You Like Rowdy Hip Hop
- You Feed Off The Energy from the Crowd
- Catchy and Heavy Beats Make You Move Your Feets
- You Enjoy Robbing People in the Streets
I first heard of Moon Taxi when they played at Hangout Fest in 2014. They covered a ton of Rage Against the Machine and absolutely killed it. After their set I decided get a few of their albums. While their studio stuff is very different than RATM, it was still some awesome stuff. Alt rockers at their core, Moon Taxi put on an amazing live show. I had the pleasure of seeing them again at Okeechobee Fest 2017 and they did not disappoint.
Go see Moon Taxi if:
- Long Haired Front Men Get You Going
- You Like a Good Alt Rock Band
- You Want to See a RATM Song Covered Correctly
I don’t really know how to explain Space Jesus, so bare with me. Space Jesus is a Brooklyn based Messiah who rains down dirty bass from far off electronic lands upon all of his apostles. He is a welcome new sound to the now over flooded EDM scene. His live sets are absolutely insane. He has a religious following of die hard fans that bring an astonishing amount of energy to his already wild sets.
Go See Space Jesus if:
- You Love Bass
- You Want Some Different Type of Dub Step
- Wubba Lubba Dub Dub
- You’re Ready to Sweat
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
Do you like lyrically driven folk rock? A leading man who can control a crowd with hypnotist like abilities? Stomping your feet and dancing along with 1,000’s of other people? Taking shots of whiskey in the middle of a hot summer day? If you answered yes to any of those questions then you need to see Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats. I saw Nathaniel Rateliff before he was with the Night Sweats in 2013, he opened for Dr. Dog and The Lumineers, his set was heartfelt, packed with energy and extremely memorable.
Rateliff has been doing this for a long time, his recent jump to fame came when he formed his newest band. Their song “S.O.B” felt like an overnight sensation, helping NR&NS tour across the world.
Go See Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats live if:
- See questions 1-4 in paragraph 1 of this section.
“Born in Nigeria, Jacob Banks moved to Birmingham in England at the age of 13. Not short of talent, the Brit dabbled in all forms of the creative arts and began singing, playing guitar, and writing songs at the age of 20. A music lover first and foremost, Banks got his start at open mic nights and quickly garnered a following for his commanding vocal presence and daringly intimate songwriting. His music features richly textured beats, with its 808s and synth play, African inspired grooves and a soulful disposition that culminates in an unstoppable new sound. His stage presence leaves you wanting a bit more, but trust me, he has the voice of an angel.
There are dozens of more acts I want to see at Hulaween; Portugal the Man, RL Grime, Disco Biscuits, String Cheese (obviously, they’re Gods), Future Rock, Kamasi Washington and the Jon Stickley Trio just to name a few. Hulaween’s lineup is diverse and stacked as usual, but this festival is about way more than just the music. I always try to catch as many sets as possible, but sometimes there are things going on beyond the music that can captivate you.
If you haven’t purchased your tickets to Hulaween yet, get on that now, they’re selling out fast. I hope to see you there!